B.A. - University of Wisconsin
M.A. - University of Wisconsin
Ph.D. - Syracuse University
Current Professional/Research Interest:
The study of human interaction means that almost anything in the world is open for investigation. Currently, I am finishing a manuscript on the Rotary International Youth Exchange program and how this organization “teaches” global citizenship and intercultural communication to U.S. and foreign teenagers. I continue my research on discourses of “mixed raciality” in the U.S. as well as my research on dialogue-centered and multimodal pedagogies.
As a radical proponent of liberal education, I am energized daily by my students and in the classroom. I work in and write about “faculty development,” which is the process of thinking about and practicing better teaching (and learning). I am currently the Vice Chair of Faculty Council where I am honored to do the good work of faculty governance.
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My scholarship and teaching focus on the complexities of social enterprise: how people create meanings, relationships, affiliations, and organizations. The study (and practice) of human interaction inevitably involves gender and sexuality—in fact, gender is the most salient “variable” in any communication situation. I have been involved with the Gender and Sexuality Studies program since I arrived at St. Lawrence University in 1997. I do research on discourses of parenting and “mixed” raciality and on travel and gender. Most of the courses that I teach through the department of Performance and Communication Arts are cross-listed with Gender and Sexuality Studies and include:
Introduction to Communication Studies
Rhetoric and Popular Culture